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Microsoft’s Your Phone app can now manage Android notifications on your PC

The feature is now rolling out broadly to all Your Phone users.

What you need to know Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Windows 10 can now mirror your Android notifications. You’ll be able to view and manage notifications as they come in, without picking up your phone. The feature is rolling out broadly for all Your Phone users now.

After months of testing with Windows Insiders, Microsoft’s Your Phone app can now mirror notifications from your Android  [Read More…]

Would Android support on Microsoft’s Surface ‘Centaurus’ help it succeed?

Could the ability to run Android apps on Windows Core OS help it succeed? It’s possible, and here is why.

It is rumored that Microsoft is working on Android app support for Surface “Centaurus”, Microsoft’s upcoming dual-screen tablet 2-in-1 that runs a new flavor of Windows Core OS known as “Windows Lite.” This new version of Windows is designed to kickstart Windows into a new era, featuring a brand-new lightweight user experience, fast and fluid animations, and  [Read More…]

Microsoft’s Your Phone app can now sync over mobile data

No Wi-Fi needed.

What you need to know The Your Phone app for Windows 10 can now sync texts, photos, and notifications over mobile data. It’s no longer necessary to connect to Wi-Fi to sync the Your Phone Companion app with your PC. Your Phone Companion also has a new icon, taking design cues from Microsoft’s new Office icons.

Microsoft this week pushed out a major update to the Your Phone Companion app for Android, adding the  [Read More…]

‘Minecraft Earth’ revealed: A look at Microsoft’s ambitious AR mobile game

We caught a glimpse at Microsoft’s upcoming AR game “Minecraft Earth” and came away stunned.

Augmented reality (AR) in mobile gaming has nowhere near reached its peak, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some major players out there. Most notably perhaps is Niantic, creators of Pokemon Go and now, Wizards Unite, based on the Harry Potter franchise. While Microsoft already has a massive presence in mobile gaming, indeed, with Minecraft itself, Redmond is exploring what comes next  [Read More…]

All of Microsoft’s Android beta programs, and how to sign up

Microsoft has a plethora of apps on Android, and you can test early features on many of them by being a beta tester.

While becoming a Microsoft mobile beta tester is generally simple, it can require a different process depending on the platform you’re on and can also vary from app to app. Android has a few different ways to become a beta tester.

Microsoft, Google Play and Android apps

There are many Microsoft Android  [Read More…]

Are Microsoft’s Surface Headphones worth the price?

Best answer: Surface Headphones are pricey, but worth it since you’re getting more than just a pair of headphones. Plus, they compare well against the other popular choices.

Microsoft: Surface Headphones ($ 350)

Headphones with added smarts and features.

The thing with the Surface Headphones is that you’re not just buying another pair of headphones. You’re buying smart headphones with Microsoft’s assistant Cortana built right in, along with some other nifty features like touch controls on  [Read More…]

Bing search comes to Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard on Android

It’s fairly limited right now, but SwiftKey will allow you to search the web without leaving what you’re typing.

Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard on Android is getting some added functionality, with integrated Bing search implemented into the latest beta version of the application. Anyone can download it from the Play Store right now and take it for a spin.

In the bar above the word suggestions, you’ll now see a small search box on the left-hand side which,  [Read More…]

Hands-on with Microsoft’s new Xbox Game Pass app for Android

At Gamescom 2018, Microsoft debuted a new Xbox Game Pass mobile app for Android and iOS, allowing you to browse and push game installations remotely to your console.

Xbox Game Pass is a $ 9.99 per month service that gives you subscription access to dozens of games. It also has some true headliners, such as Fallout 4, DOOM, and The Division.

During Gamescom 2018, Microsoft unveiled a new Xbox Game Pass app for Android and iOS mobile  [Read More…]

Microsoft’s Surface Go can learn from past Chromebook blunders

There are plenty of bad ideas and bad implementations in the Chromebook world, and Microsoft should be looking at all of them.

Have you checked out the Surface Go? If you haven’t, it’s Microsoft’s latest answer to the iPad and Chromebooks and while it’s not yet available, it’s already doing a lot of things right.

We’re going to talk a bit about it here today, not because I’m interested in using one, but because it’s a smart  [Read More…]

Why Android is vital to Microsoft’s software and services strategy

Android and is now a key player in Microsoft’s overall software and services strategy — and that’s a good thing for Microsoft.

When Microsoft announced that it was stepping away from its smartphone efforts, there were quite a few of us who were worried about how we’d continue to remain invested in Microsoft’s ecosystem without being able to carry Windows around in our pockets. But it ultimately allowed Microsoft to invest in bringing ecosystem synergy to more  [Read More…]